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Jul 10, 2008 10:38 AM

Repairing a chip in stovetop enamel

I managed to get about a 1/2 inch chip in the white enamel on my stovetop.
Down to the metal. Last time this happened a few years ago, I found some
"enamel repair" paint in a tiny fingernail-polish-sized jar at the hardware store
for an insane price (like $10 or something that worked out to be about a half
zillion dollars a gallon). It worked great and I managed, with careful masking,
application, sanding, to make the previous chip vanish.

I've long lost the old bottle of stuff and before I go buy another I'm wondering
if there are alternatives? Like, is it just standard white Rustoleum paint in those
little jars? Is there better stuff to use? Any application techniques better than

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  1. The $10 you spent is nothing compared to the irritation you felt everytime you looked at it. When you go to sell your house, that chip will signal "needs new appliances" to every prospective buyer. You'll just have to spend the money. All the other alternatives are messy and won't fill in the chip or cover as well. Why monkey around to save $5 net?

    BTW, many women pay $10 a bottle for nailpolish, so this is not shocking to me.

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    1. re: RGC1982

      >> " All the other alternatives are messy and won't fill in the chip or cover as well."

      That's basically my question. What are the other alternatives?
      For example, Krylon makes spray cans of high temperature
      engine paint, which seem like they might work, but white
      doesn't appear to be a color option.

    2. I've used that stuff on a stove and on a cast iron bathtub that got chipped. It seems to be just a really hard, strong paint, not nearly as strong as baked enamel, though. It works well, although the color may not match perfectly, and it you use it in a high heat area (really close to a burner, for example) it will discolor. Don't know of anything that might work better. I've only used engine paint on engines, and 1) it seems just like slightly denser spray paint, and 2) you can't put it on parts of the engine that get really hot, like the exhaust manifold, so it's no miracle material.

      There should be an enamel repair club, so those of us who have used two drops of their $10 bottle can share with others.

      1. Well, I found my 5-year-old micro-bottle of Porc-a-Fix Porcelain Touch Up Paint
        which surprisingly hadn't all dried up. So I'll probably use that.

        The two most promising alternatives I was looking at were heat-resistant powder
        coating and using some of that UV-cured resin that dentists fill cavities with. The
        former has a pretty high start-up cost (and I tend to go crazy with new toys and
        would probably end up powder coating half the things in my house) and the latter
        looks like I'd need to have a friend who was a dentist. But I don't.

        Anyway, things to look into before my next chip. Thanks!

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        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

          I have two chips in the porcelain on the top of my stove. The first one I learned to live with. Now, it's time to fix them. I live in Canada and looked on the 'net for a product. I've located Porc-a-Fix Porcelain Touch Up Paint. It's from $15.10 del'd to $4.97. Then, I called a hardware store in my area ... they have it for $5.99. Feel badly about the chips; hope this product does a good job.

        2. Go to a Lowe's store. I saw some bottles there yesterday.

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